|300 shops, 37 cafes, 22 pubs, 4 theatres, 2 museums, an award winning library and probably the best selection of small independent retailers on the South Coast.
Many people have tried to define the famous North Laine area of Brighton but words cannot really do justice to this cosmopolitan mix of unusual, often unique and sometimes downright wacky shops and watering holes.
North Laine is an area that grew up in the 1830s when Brighton first became famous because the Prince Regent turned a modest farmhouse into a glittering exotic royal palace. In the mile between the Pavilion and Brighton station you will find 300 shops, 37 cafes, 22 pubs, 4 theatres and a world-class museum. North Laine is also home to the cultural centre of Brighton with the new library and piazza in the jubilee complex.
What more could you need for that perfect day shopping by the sea? Discover the most individual, laid back shops and buy everything from the latest designer fashions to retro 50s wear. From oriental and Balinese furniture to cutting edge interior design. From unique jewellery to shops specialising in kites, musical instruments, beads, organic health foods there's even a vegetarian shoe shop! You won't however find many of the high street chains.
North Laine shops are nearly always locally run by their owners who individually source the eclectic mix of stock, and you won't hear the usual high street mantra of "if it's not on the shelf we probably haven't got it". - in the North Laine we value our customers. As well as the fabulous bargains that can be picked up all week, on Saturdays you can browse at the flea market and many of the streets are closed to traffic creating a Mediterranean style outdoor shopping experience.
One thing is for sure, once you discover North Laine you will come back for more of the bohemian shopping, or maybe just to hang out at one of the excellent cafes or bars and enjoy the passing show.